FARMINGTON — The Farmington volleyball team had a bit of trouble finding its game on senior night, but ultimately recovered to pick up a win in four sets over Bloomfield.
The Lady Scorps dropped the first set of the night 25-13 before taking control of the match with wins of 25-17, 25-16 and 25-18.
“I totally think they were distracted,” Farmington coach Alana Rowland said of the first set. “They were flat, had no energy and weren’t talking. But we did start with a different lineup. There were just too many distractions, but we were able to overcome it.”
Bloomfield could do little wrong in the first set. The Lady Bobcats (8-12, 4-6 District 1-5A) built a 15-7 cushion and were never threatened the rest of the set while providing strong serving and passing.
After the first set loss, Rowland told her team it needed to step up its game in every aspect, and the Lady Scorps (10-10, 7-3) responded.
The two teams traded blows in the early stages of the second set with Bloomfield taking a 10-8 advantage. But the Lady Bobcats began to show signs of distress and slowly began to unravel.
“It was all mental,” Bloomfield coach Sunni Baird said of the Lady Bobcats’ struggles. “We had the skills, but I think we started letting our mistakes cost us more than one point by not shaking them off like we did in the first set.”
The Lady Scorps took advantage of Bloomfield’s errors and outscored the Lady Bobcats 17-7 to win the set.
Farmington pulled ahead early in the third set and looked poised to run away with the win. But the Lady Bobcats momentarily found a rhythm and cut the deficit to 16-14.
The run was short lived, though, as Farmington answered with a 6-1 run of its own to pull away.
The Lady Scorps closed out the night with a dominant opening to the fourth set before taking its foot off the gas.
Farmington started the set on a 10-0 run and built its lead to 20-6, but the Lady Scorps allowed Bloomfield to rally for a respectable score.
Farmington finished play in District 1-5A with a 7-3 record, which tied Kirtland Central for second place. The two teams split the two meetings, both with 3-0 wins. But Farmington won the third tiebreaker, determined by the New Mexico Activities Association handbook, on head-to-head points, giving the Lady Scorps the No. 2 seed and a bye in the first round of next week’s district tournament.
Farmington will play the winner of No. 3 Kirtland Central (7-10, 7-3) and No. 6 Gallup (6-13, 0-10) on Thursday at Scorpion Gym.
Bloomfield finished fourth in the district and will host No. 5 Miyamura (7-13, 2-8) in a first-round match on Tuesday at Bobcat Gym. The Lady Bobcats beat the Lady Patriots 3-1 and 3-2 in their two meetings this season.
Aztec 3, Miyamura 1
The Aztec volleyball team finished its District 1-5A schedule with an unblemished record, fighting off Miyamura 28-26, 24-26, 25-22 and 25-23 tonight in Gallup.
“(Miyamura) dug out everything in the whole wide world,” Aztec coach Anna Strauss said. “I was proud of them for staying really focused, because they very easily could have crumbled. It was really close, and when you have a team with good hitter,s and they kept digging everything out, it can get frustrating. We just kept plugging away.”
The Lady Tigers got production across their lineup. Savannah McCarthy led the team with 20 kills. Vanessa Chavez and Reigan Weaver came up with 11 and 10 blocks, respectively. And libero Myra McCaskill recorded 60 digs.
Aztec will be the No. 1 seed in the District 1-5A tournament, which starts next week. With the No. 1 seed, the Lady Tigers receive a first-round bye and will host the winner of No. 4 Bloomfield and No. 5 Miyamura on Thursday at Lillywhite Gym in Aztec.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.